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but a problem no less and it is going to come due at some point in time. from my perspective, i believe it would be irresponsible if we don't attempt to fix it. i think as universal agreement the more we can get to less as a pay as you go and more pre-funding the better off we'll be as a city. it's in everyone's interest. we don't want to be paying in 20 years, 40 year, paying 500 million dollars a year on a pay as you go basis here. we want to solve the issue so future down the road, next generations can pay for more social serves, do other thing we want to do with our budget. we've done a lot to address the issue and we need to acknowledge that with proposition b and proposition c. ~ services as supervisor wiener mentioned, that was a lot of shared commitment across the city and that is the spirit how we want toful so this issue. moving forward we'll be about finding a solution. and we'll do that, i am also encouraged by our discussion so far and look forward to working together to find something that can solve the issue for the
city in a responsible manner and also something that works for everyone here in our city government. so, i appreciate everyone's time today and look forward to our continued discussions. and with that, colleagues, i would like to take a motion or if i can make a motion to continue this item to the call of the chair. >> so moved. >> we can do that without opposition, thanks. [gavel] >> okay, mr. clerk, can you please call item number 2? >> item number 2, hearing to receive an update from the capital planning program on the city's ten-year capital plan. >> sorry, we're going to do 2 and 3 together. do you want to do 2 and 3 together? yeah, okay. >> item number 3, resolution adopting the city's ten-year capital expenditure plan for fiscal year 2013-2014 through fiscal year 2022-2023 pursuant to administrative code, section 3.20.
>> all right, thank you very much. mr. strong? >> and good afternoon. thank you very much. going from one of the city's liabilities to another which has been the capital plan and a lot of our infrastructure and how we fund it. thank you very much, supervisors, for having me here today. i'm representing the capital planning committee and the capital planning program for the city and county of san francisco. the plan that we're sharing with you today is really the -- it's the work of a lot of different people and a lot of different departments across the agency coming together to share their needs and to share solutions and how we can address -- how we can address the city's infrastructure over the next 10 years. behind me or with me there are representatives from several departments. if you have other questions, including, you know, the mta, the puc, planning, dpw, of course the mayor's office who is helpful, animal care, as
well as others, so. having said that, we just want to start the presentation a little bit with talking about some of the recent accomplishments. i mean really, over the past 5 or 6 years since we've had a capital plan, we've made some -- we've made a lot of ground. we've made a lot of headway. there is still a lot of work to go, but just in this slide alone you can see 5 25 golden gate, a lead platinum building that was recently opened. we just opened the bayview library. that is the penultimate library from the 24 branch librarieses in our system that we're addressing. ~ so, we will have actually complete and had renovated all the libraries across the city. and of course there is also the new cruise ship terminal out at the port. the next slide also follows up on the amount of work we've been doing with park and rec centers across the city with [speaker not understood] parks, balboa, helen diller playground out at dolores. and the more recently completed, you can see the
before and after picture of the benny young chinese rec center. we're also moving forward. part of the earthquake safety and emergency response fund, the fourth one that passed to address fire stations, here are six stations where work is in design or actually in construction and we do have the project manager from the [speaker not understood] facility program that includes fire facilities as well as criminal justice facilities. [speaker not understood] is here with us if you have other questions. but again, we really think this is significant and we're going to be coming back with another earthquake safety bond in june 2014 that i'll speak about later. and finally, there's also the new public safety building as well as the new hospital. so, on the left we're going to be having a topping out ceremony that's coming up. it's next thursday, which is the anniversary of the great 1906 earthquake.
we certainly invite you and the public to attend, but we're making real strides in getting that project toward completion. and the same can be said for the s.f. general hospital rebuild, the new trauma center out there. this is -- our understanding they're doing these hospitals up and down the state. this is the one hot that is on schedule compared to the others. a lot of that was the early investment that this board and the mayor and that the city made and the city voters made in doing predevelopment funding and supporting this effort. ~ hot equals hospital next we should also mention the street improvement bond, roadway safety improvement bond that again was passed with a lot of your help and leadership, especially from supervisor wiener and others, around not only addressing our street repaving needs for three years, but also making critical streetscape improvements. and you can see these are some of the diagrams that we're looking at for the castro
street sidewalk widening and streetscape improvements there as well as some of the proposals around terra val street. so, when we talk about this upcoming capital plan, there really are about, you know, four major changes that we just wanted to highlight right here. first off, it is the first time that we're doing a biannual capital plan. so, we were doing this every year, updating it every year. now we're doing it every other year. we do come back. we did come back last year with with sort of an update on what's happening, but that has actually been a really good process ~ for us because we are thinking more long-term in our budgeting as well as our capital planning by coming back every two years. we're also -- this plan also recognizes significant changes at the state levels. there is considerably more detail on the new office of community investment and infrastructure, which is the
successor agency to redevelopment as those projects are moving forward. we also are really pleased that we have been working with the sheriff's office and the mayor's office and other folks around addressing the issues at the hall of justice. and this is really the first capital plan, we've been trying to tackle this issue since 2006. this is the first capital plan where just about all of the functions -- there are only two functions remaining in the hall of justice. all the other functions are going to be out of the hall and we think we have a good solution for one of those two that still remains there. and then the others that are monumental effort we're introducing the strains pour thaition streets infrastructure package which is really responding to -- following up on the streets bond effort and responding to what we had informed voters when we went forward with that street bond around finding a permanent source for repaving, but also beginning -- i should say this as a beginning because this is really a first step to start to address some of the
transportation needs across the city at some of the muni safety repair needs that we have. just for a little bit more information on the tsip before i go into some of the other aspects of the plan, this is really a joint effort where we worked closely with the department of public works, the mta, the planning department, and then the controller and the mayor's budget office to come up with a solution where we thought we could take advantage of some potential new revenue, especially run a vehicle license fee to address some of the streetscape and transit improvements across the city. we're also looking at new growth and the impact of the growth in particularly the eastern side of the town where we have a lot of -- where we're expecting large population increases and the infrastructure we know is going to -- is going to be stressed and needs to be improved to
accommodate that growth. and i should follow-up on this. the idea that the strategic investment to make it easier for people of all modes of transportation to travel safely throughout san francisco, it's safe and complete streets. the goal is really for street repaving which affectses all modes of transportation we know to reach a pavement condition [speaker not understood]. we were really not too long ago we were fluttering around the 06 range and going down to 59, now we're at 65 and that's sort of been a number of different efforts including, you know, the geo bond in the past, but prior to that we had one geo bond that failed, one that didn't get on the ballot. we also had efforts around using certificates of participation to do some short-term funding for the streets and we had some one-time surplus revenue. so, it was really a number of strategies and some of it bandaid to get to where we are, but that we're confident this is the right way to move forward and i'm looking forward
to your comments in support on that. and we're also recognizing the limitations and the needs for the transportation system and especially muni and the state of good repair challenges that they face and how we can, how we can work, again, to start the conversation. and this is the first time that we're going to be investing in general fund dollars into muni to begin to better understand the capacity, but also begin to make some real improvements around the state of the repair that they have. sort of an overview of the general plan -- >> excuse me, brian, one second. supervisor wiener. >> sure. >> thank you. asking questions about [speaker not understood] you mentioned in terms of munich re liability and state of repair, i know we have spoken about this and i'll preface this by saying i'm i think our ten-year capital plan is one of the very best things that we've done in recent years
in san francisco in terms of getting a handle on our unending massive capital need, the capital planning committee has done an extraordinary job year in and year out sort of moving this forward and guiding us in a much more professional way than in some decades past in terms of how we bring bonds to the ballot and how we prioritize capital needs. so i'm a big fan of the committee. i do have concerns about the level of support for state of the repair of our transit system in this plan. now, as i understand it, the plan devotes or proposes i think $210 million over 10 years to state of the repair. am i right about that number? >> the general fund -- so, that is the number that the pay as you go program that we have in this committee, state of good repair, that's the number i was
referring to that we have never used before. this would be a first, the general fund capital dollars to go to -- there are other muni dollars, i think there's $4 billion that are part of the muni's capital plan, capital program. >> right. but in terms -- and that $210 million includes the 120 million from the geo bond or it doesn't include it? >> no, it does not. >> does not include it. >> it does not. the geo bond would be on top of that. >> so it's about 330 million, then, in additional state [speaker not understood] over the next 10 years? >> right. we do get that on a further slide. there is some additional money that would go toward transportation -- streetscape improvement. some of those are related to growth, but they're also related to muni as you know it can be hard to sort of parse what the muni improvement, from
what the streetscape pedestrian movement. >> but in terms of muni, in term of muni's actual physical, you know, assets, the system itself, that's about 330 million proposed on top of what muni has already planning as part of its enterprise functions. >> right. >> okay. and the -- what is the total amounts of the sfmta backlog or the muni backlog in terms of its extraordinarily, i think, large deferred maintenance? it's significantly larger than that, right? >> oh, yeah. >> and that's as of today. do we know what that is? >> well, [speaker not understood]. i want to say around 800 million. yeah, so, the total asset replacement backlog is 3.2
billion. >> that's including street meets, too? >> no, i think that's including street meets. we can get back to you. i believe the number is around 800 million. >> that's the deferred maintenance today on the muni system. >> right. >> so that those needs are actually over between now and 10 years from now are probably going to be significantly larger than $800 million. that's 800 million, if we put an 800 million check today to clear muni's deferred maintenance today? >> right. i believe that's the right number. >> so, the needs will actually be greater than that between now and 2023, right? >> yes. definitely. >> and muni itself doesn't have enough capacity to deal with all -- they have capital program, they have capital plans for the future. but in terms of muni on its own eliminating that, that's not --
i don't see that as part of muni's actual plan moving forward. >> i think, i think that's a fair statement, though they're -- that's why we're working together on this. this is why we have this proposal together. this is like to start to get a better handle on that. >> and i'm not -- i'm not criticizing you or the capital planning committee. frankly, i'm not even criticizing muni. this is really a city policy maker thing that we've systematically de-prioritized transit funding in san francisco for decades and so we have a situation now where we have a transit system that is in some ways floundering. we don't have -- to the point we don't have enough vehicles. we have vehicles that are broken down. we don't have the funding to repair. vehicles take an extraordinary long time to get them back into service and it is having daily
impacts on many people's quality of life because muni is not meeting their needs. and we also know that in the next 10 years we're going to have population growth in this city and we're having trouble -- we don't have enough transit capacity to meet the needs of today's population. and, so, we currently don't have the transit capacity to meet our population's needs. we are going to have a growing population. we are going to have muni infrastructure that will be older in 10 years than it is now and, so, be higher than the current $800 million in maintenance and state of good repair needs. and to address that in the capital plan, we're proposing over 10 years $330 million which, don't get me wrong, that's absolutely better than what we were doing before and i applaud the capital planning committee for going from basically zero to that number.
but i think it's important for all of us to understand that that is not even close to what we need, even to improve service levels today, let alone with the growing population and the ten-year-older system. so, i think it's very important for all of us to really be very cognizant of the fact that even though this is an improvement of our past capital plans in terms of treatment of transit, we have a transit system that's not meeting our needs today. it's just going to get worse. i don't see this as being i think adequate to meet that -- adequate to that task in terms of the number. and i just wanted to put that out there. and i'm just wondering, do we have -- what else is happening to actually do that? because i have very grave concerns. when i look -- even just the
subway itself, that people physically cannot get onto trains frequently and they're breaking down and the system is melting down, and yet we're adding thousands and thousands of housing units along market street. and beyond how muni is going to accommodate that growth. i don't think -- i don't think anyone has a plan for muni to accommodate that growth. and this capital plan doesn't do that. and, so, how are we going to come up with that plan? i'm not putting it all on you, mr. miller. this is a city problem, you know, and it's on all of us, it's on everyone in this building to come up with that plan. but we have not done that. and that is going to be a real problem for our city. >> yeah, no, i understand. i'm not sure how to respond to that. i mean, i think that we're --
again, we've had challenges and i think this is going to be an ongoing challenge. it's the other thing we're doing with this tsip program, putting money into new growth. as we all talk about when we get into more of the presentation, we have -- the city facilities, of course, and we have earthquakes and those things that create a big backlog and a liability as well, so, how do we balance those liabilities with the other liabilities. and i'm not trying to -- you know, i'm not trying to say that what you're talking about muni is not significant, but what we're also trying to do is work with the impact fees, work on some of the new growth, work with the mayor's office of economic development, work with those people to try to get some of these infrastructure improvements done and in place. >> well, transit has gotten de-valued in impact fees as well. we had that debate last year. but even the size of the muni public transportation bond, it's one of the smallest bonds
that we've seen in recent years and that we see in the plan going forward. so, even if you just look terrelltive size of the bonds, it's the smallest bond or one of the smallest bonds. >> right, it is one of the smallest bonds. we do have rec/park bonds of that amount when they first went in. you know, it's the first muni geo bond we've done since 1966. so, the city has not come forward with a muni geo bond. there was -- and that one in 1966 failed, didn't pass. so, again, i think we -- and i think the discussion, i think your part of the reason for it i think is a lot more engagement in discussion about this than there has been in the past. the amount of funding for muni in the last capital plan was about 3 billion less than in this capital plan. that's looking at the overall big picture. so, while i'm not sure -- what i can say to satisfy, you know, the fact that the city does
need to move forward, you know, with a better policy around how to address these growth needs. to us this is the first step and i think that's where the capital planning committee came about. this is the first step. >> i'm glad we're doing that, but it's just not even close. one of my staff is texting me, 2.2 billion is all muni. it's the various -- it's the yards, it's the single infrastructure, it's the vehicles, it's the tracks, all that is 2.2 billion for muni. so, maybe we can confirm that. it doesn't have to be now. it can be after the hearing. >> jonathan rizzo with the mta. i actually have a flag that lays out where it is. the $2.2 billion does reflect -- >> would you mind using the microphone, please? >> the $2.2 billion does reflect our total asset backlog and the majority of that is transit assets.
i can give really, really simple numbers and i think the first step is going with the capital plan, what we've been trying to do at the mta is identify and put real numbers to the situation so the public can understand why these investments are important. so, we do have $12.3 billion of assets that our entire transportation has. those are largely transit type assets that we [speaker not understood] if we derail your overhead cap [speaker not understood]. we have three levels we look towards with investment with regard to where we are. where we think we are financially right now is we can afford to spend $250 million a year in what we get in our muni capital program towards good repairs. we try to focus on the transit first asset. those things that are on the street. transit first vehicle, [speaker not understood], trying to take care of the [speaker not understood] and safety related systems with regard to the subway. that's where we focus our dollars first. at that investment level our
backlog of $2.2 billion will double. you are quite correct, supervisor, that -- every year we're falling further and further behind and replacing the assets and age of our assets. at $366 million a year to invest that annually in state of good repair, then our current backlog in 20 years goes away. i'm sorry, we can cut it in hatch. that's with an additional $66 million a year on top of what we invest with our own resources, we can cut our backlog back in half. at $510 million a year, so, that's more than double what we invest annually, that will clear our backlog and we'll be able to replace our assets on top. that's what it's going to take for us to get to a full state of [inaudible]. >> thanks. >> supervisor wiener? president chiu. >> thank you, mr. chair. colleagues, i had wanted to come for this item in part because as your representative on the capital planning committee for my now i guess in
my fifth year on the committee as well as legislative response along with mayor lee for this plan, really wanted to come and just let you know as i think you already know, just how much work the capital planning committee put into this as they thought through all these needs and how this is, as i think you know, a relatively recent change in a mind-set of how our city deals with our capital infrastructure. it wasn't until just a few years ago that we really started investing and investigating what all of our capital needs are across the city and, in fact as i think you know over the past five years, voters have approved close to $2 billion worth of general obligation bonds for all sorts of capital needs, which is equivalent to what we have been able to raise in the previous 22 years of geo bonds. and we've been able to do this responsibly without increasing tax rates. and i wanted to come in part to thank mr. sarong and his staff, elliott chang and recent departure brian benson for all the work they've done on this as well as the department heads
who have been really moving this forward. i also want to take a moment to address supervisor wiener's concerns and to let you know this is absolutely been part of a healthy discussion at the capital planning committee. in fact, this is a topic that i brought up i think in the very first meeting that we had where we talked about what the capital planning process was going to be for this cycle and the fact that we have the transportation and street infrastructure package incorporated in this i think is an indication of the growing understanding appreciation that we are still way behind when it comes to how we invest in our transit and transportation infrastructure. and to that, and i know obviously supervisor wiener knows this, the mayor and i and supervisor wiener and supervisor avalos and others are a part of an effort for the next few months to really take a step back when it comes to our city's transportation system and think about where are we going to and how are we going to invest in a way that puts our transit system hopefully by the year 2020 and
2030 on a much better footing. i view this capital plan as really a step in that direction but i agree with supervisor wiener that it cannot be the only step in this direction. we have a long way to go. i appreciate and think the questions that you are asking are absolutely appropriate. and we do have to do more. poor mr. strong, unfortunately, has been dealing with the pressures from every other part of the city to figure out how we adequately address the capital needs in every aspect of the city. but i do know that he and the capital planning staff are a queuedthly aware of the fact we have a long ways to go. we've had many robust discussions about this. frankly, i don't think we all completely agree on where to send it up, but i consider this to be a way station and an ongoing conversation. i hope in the next couple months our colleagues and the mayor and others will come to some consensus on exactly what we will hopefully be asking voters next year in november 2014 to do when it comes to transportation. but i just want to assure, colleague, that this has beening?
that folks have really considered and appreciate that we have a ways to go. ~ has been something >> supervisor wiener. >> thank you. i promise to be brief and get back to mr. north. i appreciate all that, president chiu. this is a small first step in the right direction. i also think that sometimes we all get so used to over time hearing complaints about muni, sometimes it can be dismissed as a san francisco pass time, it's our favorite pass time, trashing muni. but this is having real life consequences for hundreds of thousands of people in this city. and i just don't think we are even close to having the path forward to getting this system back on track. and, so, i hope we can get there and i just don't think
we're even close. >> okay. mr. strong, do you want to continue? >> yes. thank you very much. so, if you look at the overall capital plan on the next slide here, we look at where the investments are going and it is $25 billion. this is an aggressive capital plan. the last ten-year capital plan we did was also $25 billion. and some of the big -- the big investment increases are in the infrastructure and streets category where we would have street repaving. but we also have some of the sewer system improvement program and the water system improvement program that the puc is working on diligently. the other -- and then in the transportation area, again, this is where you would have the muni along with the sfo improvements and so forth. the external agencies, you know, a lot of that are in the development or redevelopment or former redevelopment area along
with transbay -- along with the transbay center. the funding source, this is where, you know, a constrained plan becomes really difficult and i have to say we are one of the few, one of the only ones i'm aware of where we list on our capital plan what we fund and what we don't fund. how we're doing that is if you look at the pie chart on the left, you can see for enterprise departments we're able to issue a significant amount of debt to cover our -- to cover some of our capital liabilities. so, that is especially true in the airport and the puc where we're up to 50% of the operating budget is going toward debt service. now, that's not the case with muni that they actually have started to be able to issue debt, which is something that's also new. this happened in the last few years or the last year or so where they're able to start to begin to address some of their needs that way. if you look at the pie